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Mauritius apparel sector faces up to challenges

Textile and apparel has grown to become one of the main pillars of Mauritius' economy in the last decade. Trade deals in place with Europe a...

Mauritius emerges as sustainable sourcing hub

Strategically located along the trading route between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is fast emerging as a major sourcing hub for textile and ap...

ANALYSIS: Mauritius makers upbeat for AGOA renewal

Michelle Russell | 13 May 2014

In little over a year, the AGOA trade preference programme is due to expire. The programme, which provides duty-free entry into the US for certain goods, has been particularly effective for Mauritian textile and apparel manufacturers, most of whom are optimistic the deal will be renewed. Michelle Russell reports.

Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms

Michelle Russell | 13 May 2014

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.

North America retail market rebuffs recession

Ashma Kunde | 31 May 2013

North America may no longer take centre stage in the global apparel market, but the recession has by no means sounded the region's curtain call, according to Euromonitor International.

Getting smarter across the supply chain

Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 2012

Instead of focusing on product costs as a way of offsetting the pressures faced in both retail and sourcing markets, the apparel supply chain should look instead at optimising processes, boosting collaboration and generally getting smarter, industry executives believe.

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US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

J Crew to launch lower-priced chain

Michelle Russell | 13 Jul 2015

US omni-channel retailer J Crew has launched a new, lower-priced chain as it looks to win value-seeking consumers.

US Q1: Finish Line, Cherokee, Urban Outfitters

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2015

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.

J Crew replaces design head and cuts HQ staff

Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 2015

Clothing retailer J Crew has replaced its head of design and announced plans to cut around 10% of its corporate workforce as part of several organisational changes.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include at look at US apparel sales figures for May, just-style speaks with the chairman of sourcing specialist William E. Connor, and Levi joins forces with internet behemoth Google to design "smart jeans".

Charges send J Crew to Q4 loss

Richard Woodard | 18 Mar 2015

Clothing retailer J Crew slid to a fourth quarter and full-year loss, impacted by large-scale charges related to impairment and refinancing.

J Crew's Haselden a "solid fit" as Lululemon CFO

Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2015

The appointment of J Crew executive Stuart Haselden as CFO for Canadian yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica is a solid fit, analysts believe.

Write-downs push J Crew to Q3 loss

Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 2014

US fashion retailer J Crew Group has moved to a net loss in third-quarter thanks to write-downs on the value of its retail store operations and non-cash impairment charges.

J Crew embarks on new expansion phase

Katie Smith | 18 Nov 2014

US fashion retailer J Crew Group is entering what it describes as a new phase in its international expansion with the opening of its first stores in France.

Bill Blass taps Benz as creative director

Katie Smith | 31 Oct 2014

Bill Blass has appointed Chris Benz as its creative director as the US fashion business prepares to relaunch as a global lifestyle brand.

J Crew Q2 profit slides on higher costs

Katie Smith | 8 Sep 2014

Fashion retailer J Crew Group has seen its second-quarter profit slump 38.3% on the back of higher costs.

Sycamore Partners buyout of Express looks likely

Michelle Russell | 16 Jun 2014

A buy-out of troubled US apparel retailer Express Inc by Sycamore Partners looks likely, analysts believe, after the private equity firm last week acquired a 10% stake and said it wants to craft a formal proposal to acquire the rest of the company.

J Crew moves to loss and warns on possible charge

Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 2014

Fashion retailer J Crew Group has moved to a net loss in its first-quarter and revealed it may record a non-cash impairment charge if operating results continue to decline.

J Crew marks Asia return with Hong Kong stores

Michelle Russell | 23 May 2014

Fashion retailer J Crew Group has marked its return to Asia with the opening of two stores in Hong Kong.

J Crew recalls 8,700 baby suits on choking risk

Katie Smith | 6 May 2014

Fashion retailer J Crew Group has recalled around 8,700 baby coveralls after eight reports the snaps on them had detached, posing a choking hazard.

Banana Republic taps former J Crew designer

Katie Smith | 16 Apr 2014

US retail giant Gap Inc has tapped former J Crew Group designer, Marissa Webb, as creative director and executive vice president of design for its Banana Republic brand.

J Crew Q4 profit slumps as margins shrink

Richard Woodard | 25 Mar 2014

Fashion retailer J Crew Group posted a slump in fourth quarter profit thanks to shrinking margins, which fell to 36.8% from 38.4% 12 months earlier.

J Crew silent on end to talks with Fast Retailing

Michelle Russell | 19 Mar 2014

TPG Capital, part-owner of J Crew has declined to comment on reports Japanese retail group Fast Retailing has walked out on talks to acquire the US apparel and accessories retailer.

British retailers urged to be "outward looking"

Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has stressed the importance of British retailers internationalising their businesses in order to benefit from growth opportunities abroad.

just-style's most-read stories this week...

Katie Smith | 7 Mar 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a report on mass faintings at two garment factories in Cambodia, a look at why Ethiopia is becoming a rising star for sourcing clothes, and a spotlight on the reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK.

Fast Retailing silent on J Crew acquisition talks

Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 2014

Japanese retail group Fast Retailing has declined to comment on reports it is in discussions to acquire US apparel and accessories retailer J Crew.

J Crew sales climb as it seeks refinancing

Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 2014

US apparel and accessories retailer J Crew has recorded an increase in fourth-quarter revenues and revealed it is seeking a loan to refinance debt.

J Crew confirms Hong Kong store locations

Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2014

US apparel and accessories retailer J Crew has confirmed plans to open two stores in Hong Kong later this year.

J Crew Q3 earnings, sales climb

Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 2013

US apparel and accessories retailer J Crew has booked an increase in earnings and sales in the third quarter.

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Spotlight shines on Ethiopia sourcing

Leonie Barrie | 11 Mar 2014

just-style turned the spotlight on Ethiopia last week, marking the release of a new research report looking at the country's emerging apparel and textile industry with additional insights into its rising potential for sourcing garments.

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